Media relations specialist Larry Carpman ’75 and his wife, award-winning photographer Pamela Price, have created the Howard Ziff Fellows Fund in the amount of $25,000.
The fund will support the professional development of Journalism majors interested in photojournalism, visual storytelling and digital media by facilitating recipients’ attendance and/or presentations at conferences, submission of student work for award competitions and student membership in professional associations.
A department selection committee will review student applications for the fund, and the recipients will be known as Ziff Fellows.
Referring to Howard Ziff, founder of the Journalistic Studies Program at UMass, Carpman (pictured, left, with Prof. Ziff at his retirement party) has said: “He showed me how important passion is in one’s life and studies…. He was passionate about principle and ethics and the need to apply those things. I was your basic college student and, because of him, I realized that you have to really feel things deeply and that to have fun in life, you have to have impact.”
“Larry and Pamela have long been generous supporters of UMass Journalism,” said chair Kathy Roberts Forde. “This gift comes at an especially important time. Major enrollment has grown by 40 to 50 percent since fall 2014, and we are more productive in our teaching and learning, research and student programming than ever before. Yet our College has recently cut our funding. Larry and Pamela’s gift will ensure that our students aren’t hurt by this cut and will have more opportunities than ever before. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
A former press secretary for Sen. John Kerry and a communications strategist for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2010 re-election campaign, Carpman also specializes in environmental and energy issues, having worked with the Massachusetts Office of Energy Resources and the Nature Conservancy. He is a partner at Northwind Strategies and also teaches public relations courses at Boston University. He was the first-ever journalism graduate to be named to the UMass Board of Trustees, on which he served from 2011 to 2016.
Price has published her photojournalism in Time and Newsweek and was a staff photographer at the Providence Journal. She covered the White House and Capitol Hill for 12 years while living in Washington, D.C., and has built a successful wedding photography business in Boston.
Learn more about Prof. Howard Ziff here.